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Latitude: 33° 37.038' N
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Go down Balboa Blvd., start counting numbered streets, stop when you get to 40th and go west.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, SouthWest, South, SouthEast
Good wind directionNorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
There are three faces to this spot: The Jetty, 1st Peak, and Middles. The Jetty is a sick, shallow left-handed barrel when conditions are right. 1st Peak offers up longer lefts with hollow inside sections, and a wedging right-hander with lots of air potential. Middles is a peak, with waves breaking either way depending on the swell direction.
SPONGERS ONLY!!! Localism is VERY heavy here...there isn't a lot of respect, even between seasoned locals. Don't even try to ride the left at the jetty unless you grew up here. 1st Peak and Middles aren't as bad, but get really crowded due to the jetty localism. Show up early if you want any waves to yourself, otherwise plan on locals and kooks alike dropping in on you.
Great when it's the right combo of swell, wind, tide and crowd, otherwise not really worth the hassle.
By spongeonyourmom , 14-08-2009
ive been paddling this pot for years - and every summer some dumb ass idiot surfer wants to come and surf one of the only sponge only spots and try to be a tough guy when we talk shit like they would to us at so many spots and me or one of my buddies got beat thier ass nothing new surfers=fags
By Mike Krpan , 22-12-2007
1st of all finger jetties - 40th first finger jetty originally a steel structure we called groin (groyne). Next was 56th. Great spongers have break of their own. Power to em'. You behave correctly in NB should have no troubles. Lame to rail on these guys.
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